Tarrif as Essential to Secure Freedom
COLTON, Calvin. Public Economy for the United States. New York: A.S. Barnes & Co. , 1848.
First edition. With the inscription "Hon. J. Colamer with Respects of the Author" to the front free endpaper. J. Colamer was a Senator from Virginia. Large octavo. [7] 8-536 pp. Publisher's brown cloth gilt spine lettering. Some light foxing throughout. A near fine copy.

Born in Longmeadow, Massachussets, Colton was ordained in 1816 and worked as a pastor in western New York. He later became a professor of political economy at Trinity College, Connecticut. He was a strong advocate for the protection of home industries and most of his writings reflect that. Public Economy for the United States is his most extensive work. Colton said he preferred 'public economy' over 'political economy' because the word 'political' had been abused. Political economy is "the application of knowledge derived from experience to a given position, to given interests, and to given institutions of an independant state or nation for the increase of public and private wealth. Freedom is a thing of 'commercial value' and the parts of the world most free require protection against those less so because the sole object of protection is to maintain and fortify freedom. Protection as opposed to Free Trade thus accords with the principles of the American Revolution" (Dorfman II, 778). Kress C.7332.

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